Departs (and returns): Regatta Point Station, Strahan
The River and Rainforest half day tour is a diesel journey that takes you from the shores of Macquarie Harbour into the ancient rainforest and mountains of Tasmania’s rugged west coast. Stopping at remote train stations, you will visit Lower Landing and Dubbil Barril before returning to Strahan.
From Strahan's Regatta Point Station, soak up the stunning views of the harbour as you travel along the foreshore and enjoy tales of days gone by from your local guide.
As you enter the rainforest, you’ll follow the course of the King River to Teepookana – once the fourth busiest port in Tasmania, and the place where construction of the railway first began. Marvel at the landscape and wilderness and wonder how the men and women of the rail once carved their life out of this harsh environment.
The extraordinary engineering achievement of this railway will be evident as you cross historic bridges, including Iron Bridge, and see the remains of the 244-metre trestle bridge at Quarter Mile. You’ll visit some of the stations along the line, and have the chance to walk in the rainforest. Due to COVID-19, please note that the honey tasting previously provided at Lower Landing station is currently not available.
During your journey, your guide will tell you the stories of the railway and the resilient people who lived and worked along its length. From the men who laboured to build the line and keep the trains running, to the families and children that made a life in the forest, and the two visionary Irishmen whose fierce rivalry and undaunted ambition brought the railway to life.
This service generally operates with a diesel locomotive but may occasionally run with a steam locomotive. If you are passionate about steam journeys or would specifically like to journey the unique rack and pinion section of the railway, we recommend that you book either our Queenstown Explorer or Rack and Gorge experiences.
WCWR offers two types of carriage journeys for each departure. All carriages provide comfortable, upholstered booth seating with good air flow and heating and cooling.
Our entry level carriage is our Heritage carriage, offering a comfortable train journey and opportunity to purchase snacks and drinks at remote station kiosks along your journey.
Wilderness carriages provide a more luxurious experience, with a little more space and carriage balcony. Start your journey with a glass of Tassie sparkling wine or juice and enjoy a series of small meals served throughout your journey.
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Yes. In line with our COVID Safety Plan, our carriages will be running at less than capacity to enable adequate social distancing between travelling parties. Please book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Not always, no. Heritage diesel locomotives were used on the section of line between Strahan and Dubbil Barril from the 1950s, and they are still in service.
During one half of the journey you will face in one direction, but once the train travels in the opposite direction (on the way back to your original departure station), so will you. This means you will face backwards either during the first or second half of your journey. As the train moves quite slowly, motion sickness is exceptionally rare, however, should you have any concerns about this, please call our team directly at least 24 hours prior to your departure.
Yes, we can cater for vegetarians, vegans and other requirements, but please let us know your needs when you book so we can look after you.
The West Coast Wilderness Railway is closed on Christmas Day and the Queen’s Birthday public holiday, but operates on other holidays.